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UKRI National Quantum Computing Centre signs agreement with IBM

The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) has announced an agreement to provide UK researchers with cloud access to IBM Quantum’s Premium Plan including IBM’s fleet of quantum computing systems.

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The aim of the agreement is to drive new research directions based on the use of quantum computing.

It aligns with NQCC’s vision to enable the UK to solve some of the most complex and challenging problems facing society by harnessing the potential of quantum computing.

New horizons

A jointly delivered programme by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), NQCC drives new research horizons by enabling proof-of-concept projects, feasibility studies and discovery-led science.

NQCC was established with a £93 million investment by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP).

IBM Quantum offers users access to utility-scale processors with more than 100 qubits (the basic unit of quantum information). These systems deliver performance capable of serving as scientific tools to explore a new scale of problems that classical systems may never be able to solve.

This advanced technological capability will play a key role in helping the UK to become a quantum-ready nation and take full advantage of the benefits that quantum computing can offer, by supporting UK-based organisations.


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